UCCA About Us | Bylaws | Request for Funding | Board Members


Ucca Logo Join TodayAbout Us: As described in our bylaws, the main purpose of University City Community Association (UCCA) is to:

  • provide and promote the civic, cultural, social, educational and recreational development and improvement of University City; and to
  • provide a forum where the interests of the residents may be expressed and contributions made to the protection of life and property in the community.

The purpose is also to:

  • bring about civic betterment and social improvements for the community,
  • encourage a sense of community by organizing events and celebrations, as well as
  • identify issues or concerns of the population, and
  • provide a meeting place to discuss said issues or concerns.

UCCA is a non-profit 501(c)4 organization funded primarily through membership dues. UCCA is the source for University City News.

Request for Funding and/or Donation Request:

  • Worthwhile member individuals or organizations may request funding from UCCA by completing and submitting a Request for Funding form and making a verbal presentation at a UCCA meeting.
    • A verbal Request for Funding must be made during the open forum section UCCA’s monthly meetings.
    • The Request for Funding form must be received at least 7 days prior to the verbal request.

UCCA Board Members

Executive Board (elected November 2021 for a 2 year term)

  • President: Diane Ahern, UniversityCityNews@gmail.com, 858-412-0786
  • Vice-President: Mack Langston, langstonmack@gmail.com
  • Secretary: Jim Beshears, jwblaw@sbcglobal.net
  • Treasurer: Jemma Samala, jemmasamala@gmail.com

Appointed Positions

  • *Advertising: Terri Day, uccaADS@gmail.com
  • Banners Coordinator: Diane Ahern, ahern.diane@gmail.com
  • Beautification, Street Medians, Utility Boxes: Merle Langston, Chair, merlelangston1@gmail.com
  • Corresponding Secretary & Historian: OPEN
  • Fire Safe Council Liaison: Diane Ahern, UCFireSafeCouncil@gmail.com
  • Grants Coordinator: Diane Ahern, ahern.diane@gmail.com
  • *Holiday Tree/Menorah Lighting Coordinator: Darlene Ventimiglia, darleneven2@gmail.com
  • MCAS Miramar and CASA Liaison: Diane Ahern, ahern.diane@gmail.com
  • Membership: Julie Nydam, UniversityCityNews@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood Watch: Barbara Gellman, bggellman@yahoo.com
  • *Newsletter Distributor: Don Hotz, don.hotz@yahoo.com
  • *Newsletter Ads: Terri Day, uccaADS@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Editor: Jemma Samala, UCCAEditor@gmail.com
  • North University City liaison: Bill Beck, itsaok@aol.com
  • Parliamentarian: Mack Langston, langstonmack@gmail.com
  • Past President: Barry Bernstein, apdrfn@aol.com
  • Podcast Host: Jemma Samala, jemmasamala@gmail.com
  • Publicity & Promotion/Webmaster: Diane Ahern, ahern.diane@gmail.com
  • San Diego Network of Town Councils Liaison: Mack Langston, langstonmack@gmail.com
  • Special Events: Barbara Henshaw, barbarahenshaw@gmail.com and Darlene Ventimiglia, darleneven2@gmail.com
  • UC Community Foundation (UCCF) Liaison: Merle Langston, merlelangston1@gmail.com
  • UC Parks Council (UCPC) Liaison: Diane Ahern, ahern.diane@gmail.com
  • *UC Community Plan Update Subcommittee (CPUS) Liaison: Katie Rodolico, ktnelson@yahoo.com

*Non-Voting Member

Ucca Logo Join TodayUCCA membership dues: Your membership dues and donations help to support many local worthwhile organizations such public schools’ fundraising and events, EdUCate!, Parks Council, Library Friends; special projects and activities such as street median beautification, neighborhood watch, pedestrian and motorist safety, painted electrical boxes and street banners, 4th of July UC Celebration, Summer Concerts, and December Holiday Celebration with menorah and tree lighting. And, please, let’s not forget our monthly University City News print newsletter with hyper-local University City news and information you won’t find anywhere else; delivered to your south University City homes and/or business, libraries and recreation centers and posted on our website. Check out website and print newsletters for more information on ways that UCCA supports our University City community.

  • Monthly meetings: UCCA usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, except in August and December. Due go COVID restrictions and changes in Library hours (closed on Wednesday evenings), UCCA has been meeting via Zoom. Please check the newsletter and website for the most up-to-date information. All are welcome; meeting typically begins at 6 PM.
  • Email: universitycitynews@gmail.com
  • Mailing Address: University City Community Association (UCCA), 3298 Governor Dr, #22574, San Diego, CA 92122
  • Voice Mail: 858-412-0786
  • Contact Us: https://www.universitycitynews.org/contact-us-or-volunteer-in-uc/

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